Lisa Blaine (Dip.Couns)
Feeling overwhelmed and preoccupied by your thoughts? Feel like you just need a bit of space in your head to think clearly and feel less worried? It may really help you to talk through your thoughts with someone, who can really listen and hear what you are saying.
As well as counselling online on Zoom or on the phone, I offer walking counselling, in beautiful natural surroundings where the healing power of talking in nature can help you to reflect on your feelings and clarify them. When you walk, you have time and space to process your emotions, reflect on your feelings and listen to your inner voice, allowing you to be honest with yourself. It's often easier to talk about difficult issues while walking outside.
Having originally trained and worked as a mental health nurse in the NHS, I went on to train in Person-centered counselling. I discovered that by moving the focus away from illness and towards self-awareness, self-understanding and self-acceptance, clients are empowered to make the changes they are seeking. I have a particular interest in mindfulness meditation.
Where do the sessions take place?
I have now resumed walking counselling on Minchinhampton and Rodborough Common just outside of Stroud. I am offering online video sessions using Zoom (if you have good internet speed and somewhere private to talk from) or telephone counselling as initial sessions and some or all your sessions can stay online or on the phone. Please do contact me if you have any questions about this.
During normal times, I am available for counselling in Cirencester, Cheltenham, Nailsworth, Stroud and Gloucester. If you are interested in walking counselling, I usually hold the first meeting on Zoom so that we have a chance to discuss any concerns you have about counselling outdoors.
All or some of your counselling sessions can stay on Zoom if you prefer it that way.
What happens next?
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a diploma in Person Centred Counselling and my experience has included working with people who have suffered anxiety, depression, severe trauma such as loss, separation, sexual violence, abuse, bereavement, fear of loss of life.
I have also studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
I previously worked as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in the NHS with people suffering from anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, dementia and people in crisis.
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and am fully insured.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also have experience in working with people suffering with
- family issues
- anger issues
- people seeking refuge
I am offering 3 options of session lengths:
60 minutes - £45
90 minutes - £65
120 minutes - £85
During a counselling session, difficult feelings may arise. I feel it is important to end each session feeling emotionally fit to go about the rest of your day. If you would like, I offer a variety of grounding and relaxation techniques as an option which help you to go away from each session feeling safe and held. This allows you to re-calibrate in the new found space you have created in your life. These techniques take a few minutes which is why I offer a minimum of 60 minutes for each counselling session rather than the usual 50 minutes. I feel it is important to take our time and not feel rushed.